DEFINITION of 'Joint Credit'
Credit issued to two or more people based on their combined incomes, assets and credit histories. Joint credit can be issued to multiple individuals or organizations. The parties involved accept joint responsibility for repaying the debt.
BREAKING DOWN 'Joint Credit'
Many married couples apply for joint credit. This is especially true with the purchase of a home. Joint credit is an issue and concern in divorce proceedings, under which the terms may give one partner responsibility for certain debts and the other partner responsibility for other debts. It is possible that subsequent to the divorce proceedings, the former partners may still affect one another's credit.